I’m back in the tundra, for both of y’all who are wondering. There is a big hype, all over the internets and the blogosphere (as President Bush would have called it) about this new organization called “Battleground Texas.” The catchphrase, last I remember, was for the State to be purple by 2016 and blue shortly thereafter.
Recently, Governor Perry ridiculed the project as being “a pipe dream,” and stating that UT would change their colors to maroon before Texas changes its to purple, or–god forbid–blue. For what it’s worth, I think a reliably blue Texas is a bit of a pipe dream, and I have had it up to here about all these people living in the Austin bubble just assuming that it will happen because of demographics. I know that I’m a cynic, but I have always maintained the position that one should never underestimate the cunning of the GOP to lie, cheat and steal their way to victory, and one should especially never underestimate the sheer ineptitude of Democrats.
Before going all the way to la-la land where Democrats control TX like MA, we should be focusing on finding a competent gubernatorial candidate. My suggestion (actually Kuff’s) is Cecile Richards, but the fellas down at BOR don’t seem to be listening…
I meant to write this a few days ago. Anyways, BOR had this obnoxious little piece about the gubernatorial candidates. The piece mentioned six gubernatorial candidates (three being defied “on deck” and three as “long shots”). Mike Villarreal (a San Antonio State Rep), Kirk Watson (a Austin State Senator) and Bill White are the ones who are “on deck,” as BOR puts it. Rafael Anchia (a Dallas State Rep), Wendy Davis and Julian Castro are the ones who are less-likely, I suppose. I have a few comments on this.
First, I cannot say that I am surprised that the Austinites have to throw a bone to one of their own. I really like Sen. Watson, for the record, and think he would make a good statewide candidate, but I cannot find any other site which validates this little factoid. However, I seem to remember a very-similar rumour in 2010, which turned out to be completely, totally and utterly false.
Second, I really would not call Bill White “on-deck” for a gubernatorial run, or really anything in politics. Again, I don’t know where they’re getting this info, but even the adults in Houston political blogging haven’t been talking about this. Even if there is some movement about White’s candidacy, I would not venture to call his odds in an echelon above Sen Watson or Mayor Castro.
Finally, most perplexing in my opinion, is how completely different these names are from the ones I’ve been hearing of recent in other blogs. Kuff has been talking about Cecile Richards, Henry Cisneros and Rodney Ellis, and BOR did not even touch upon it. I find this a little perplexing. I’ve had problems with BOR’s reliability in the past, and I generally will trust fellow Houstonians first and foremost, but that’s just me.
Okay, goodnight. Soaking up everything that is Houston right now, leave for Austin on Friday.